Biggest ever spike of Covid cases in India, 12881 new infections in 24 hours

India has reported 12,881 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours in the biggest one-day spike. Government data shows the highly infectious disease has claimed 334 lives in the last 24 hours. India has so far reported 3,66,946.

With the highest spike of new COVID-19 cases reported in 24 hours at 12881 infections, India’s tally of coronavirus cases on Thursday rose to 366946 which includes 194325 recovered cases. While the death count climbed to 12237 with 334 fatalities reported in a single day. Recovery rate is 52.95%, as per the latest data by the Union Health Ministry.

While, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held a consultation with chief ministers of all states to discuss ways to conrol the spread of the virus. He made it clear that lockdown will not be imposed again and a period of unlocking has begun.

The samples of 62,49,668 people have been tested across the country. At least 1,65,412 were tested on Wednesday and 7.78 per cent of them were found positive.

Expatriates who wish to return to Kerala will now have to undergo mandatory COVID-19 tests for the highly contagious coronavirus before boarding a flight to the state, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.

The overall number of global COVID-19 cases has topped to over 8.3 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 448,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Maharashtra has the highest coronavirus cases in the country. It reported 3,307 cases on Wednesday, taking the state’s tally of infections to 1,16,752. The number of deaths in the state reached 5,651 with 114 fatalities in the 24 hours till Wednesday, government data shows.